A Dental veneer may also be known as a porcelain veneer or a porcelain laminate is a custom-made shell that is usually bonded to the front of the tooth surface to improve the appearance. It is usually made of thin porcelain or polymers and covers the tooth in order to change the color, size or shape of the tooth. In addition to changing the appearance, it can also be used to protect the surface of the tooth that has been damaged.
A porcelain dental veneer is more stain-resistant, and is also much closer in appearance to natural teeth than those made from resins, which are normally thinner and require less work before placement. Your dentist will help you to determine the best type of veneer for your situation.
You can a dental veneer for a solution in a number of different cases that include:
• Where the tooth surface has become worn or discoloured
• Teeth with a large amount of filling may become unsightly and can be covered with a porcelain veneer.
• Teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped can be resurfaced with porcelain dental laminates.
• Gaps in between teeth or teeth that are misaligned can be filled with veneers.
It usually takes at least 3 trips to the dentist to obtain a dental veneer. The first trip will be for a consultation, and subsequent trips will involve custom making and bonding of the veneer. During the initial consultation, your dentist may recommend or ask about your need for wanting a veneer. She will explain the procedure, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
The procedure may also involve taking X-rays of the teeth, along with dental impressions of both your lower and upper jaw. In order to prepare for the veneer, a small amount of enamel will be removed from the tooth surface. The enamel will be used by the dental, lab, in creating your veneer.
Before the veneer is bonded to the tooth surface, your dentist, will ensure a proper fit by trimming and shaping the veneer, until it matches the tooth as close as possible. The tooth will be polished and etched to ensure a good bonding surface. The shade of the veneer can also be adjusted with right color of the dental cement.
When the veneer is properly positioned, light of a special wavelength is applied to activate curing of the cement. After the veneer is bonded to the tooth surface, the final step will involve clearing away the excess cement and making sure your bite is properly aligned.
You may be asked to return for a follow-up visit, to ensure that everything is OK. It may not take a very long period to get used to the veneer, and you may even forget that they have been placed on your teeth. Periodic dental visits can ensure that the veneer is still in place, and remains firmly bonded to the tooth.
Although they may not be natural, your veneers can and should be treated like regular natural tooth enamel, and should be brushed and cleaned regularly.